Is automation killing the engineering? When MTV first appeared on the air, the first video it played was, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Fast forward a few decades and I have to wonder if automation is killing the engineering. In the early days of virtualization the administrators were expected to be proficient in using the command line, and to be honest, if you wanted to really understand how things worked, command line administration was an absolute must-have skill. Virtualization has evolved from those early days. More and more features and services are being added to the infrastructure, such that the need for the vast number of skills required seems to be fading as the technology continues to mature. Looking forward to a time when cloud computing is working to achieve complete and total automation, I have to wonder how administrators will handle the stress of getting issues resolved when automation is not an option. Continue reading Is Automation Killing The Engineering?
In, “How Will VMware Win Against Microsoft?“, we addressed the question of if Microsoft is making the hypervisor a free part of the operating system (which it is), how could VMware effectively combat a free hypervisor that is at feature parity with its own. One of the answers was to bundle products with the hypervisor (vSphere) that were valuable and differentiated, thereby making the case that VMware’s hypervisor was effectively free as well. VMware has taken a step in that direction with vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM). Continue reading VMware Delivers a New Bundle – vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM)
Converged infrastructure comes in many forms. Some vendors put a bunch of discrete hardware together on a pallet and call it “converged.” Others think that their use of iSCSI or FCoE means they’ve got converged storage. Yet the real holy trinity of convergence is when a vendor converges compute and storage resources on three fronts: acquisition, implementation, and ongoing management. This is where Nutanix operates. Continue reading A Look at the Nutanix NX-3000 Virtual Computing Platform
What is the future of virtual storage in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? As more and more technology gets moved from hardware to software in the SDDC, I have to wonder which direction virtual storage will go. Continue reading What is the Future of Virtual Storage in a Software Defined Data Center?
The recent rumors of Microsoft working on a hosted virtual desktop (DaaS) solution to add to their cloud services offering may actually end up being one of the most viable options for organizations who already rely heavily on Microsoft infrastructure to run their business. Having all of your core services being delivered from a single location and provider could ease the operational concerns of some who find running a hybrid of on-premise and hosted solutions still requiring the same amount of operational support. Continue reading Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?
There are reports in Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal Online that BMC is in talks with Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital to be taken private. This is after Quest Software tried to go private last year only to end up being acquired by Dell who is now itself in talks to go private and while there are also rumors that private equity investors are looking at Compuware as well. So what is going on here? Continue reading BMC to be taken private; Out with Old – In with the New